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There are many recipes and ingredients you can use in glazing a ham, including mustard, brown sugar, pineapple juice, and honey.

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Dear Reena,
Is there any way of unsticking five photos in a pile that were soaked with water and then dried before being discovered?  Thank you
Jane

Dear Jane,
Photos that are stuck together cannot always be separated and whenever the attempt is made, there is a risk of the photos tearing. Consider bringing the photos to a professional restorer. If you decide to attempt this risky business on your own, you will need to cover and soak the photos in water and a drop of liquid fabric softener or hair conditioner for 30 minutes. Remove the photos from the water and slowly separate them, being careful not to rip the paper. If the photos begin to rip, soak them again for a few minutes and use a plastic spatula to unglue them without tear. Air-dry the photos and place them on a towel. Weigh down the edges of each photo to prevent curling edges.

Dear Reena,
I am new to the world of cooking and I’m wondering, how do you glaze a ham? Thanks,
Elaine

Dear Elaine,
There are many recipes and ingredients that you can use to glaze a ham: mustard, brown sugar, pineapple juice, and honey are very popular. Half an hour before the end of cooking, brush the ham with equal parts of brown sugar and honey, or equal parts brown sugar and powdered mustard. Line your roaster with aluminum foil and slowly cook the ham at 325 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 30 minutes per pound for ham that has not been pre-cooked). Follow package directions for pre-cooked ham. Pre-cooked ham is an easy food to set in a slow cooker for a few hours with enough pineapple juice to cover the bottom. Baste each hour. When your oven thermometer reads 160 degrees Fahrenheit, the meat is ready.

Feedback from Readers Who Care:
Re: Darkening Gravy
I read that people have contacted you regarding the making of brown gravy. If you had come from England you would know that the only way to make brown gravy is to use a product available from the grocery store, called "Bisto." The recipe requires a quarter-cup of Bisto and a quarter-cup flour mixed together with about one-and-a-half cups of water. Put into a saucepan and bring to the boil. When thickened, drain the meat, skim off the fat and add the meat juices to the gravy. Personal tastes can play around with these amounts, plus a dash of Worcestershire sauce adds to the flavour. Sincerely,
Chris

Re: What is a good way to clean a computer screen and/or TV screen?
Just one tip on this subject. Make sure that the screen has no "standby" power to it. For TVs, the unit should be unplugged from the power source. For computers, make sure they are powered off. Standby power causes static electricity, which can damage the unit. Have a great day.
Ivan

Christmas Is Coming!
Get the house ready for company.
• Remove clutter.
• Hair is the enemy — wipe down the bathroom, change the garbage and put out fresh towels.
• Clean the toilet, sink and faucets using a non-toxic product.
• Create a natural bathroom aroma. Fill a bowl with water and a few drops of essential oil. Add an additional Christmas accent by floating decorative poinsettias on the surface.
• Before company arrives, fill a slow cooker with a British drink known as Wassail. Let the aroma of Christmas fill the air all evening while guests help themselves to a delicious cup of this hot drink.
Wassail Recipe: Combine one quart (1 L) of apple cider, four cinnamon sticks, one whole nutmeg, half a cup (125 mL) of honey, a quarter-cup (60 mL) of lemon juice. Simmer the Wassail on the stove or in a slow cooker and encourage guests to help themselves (taken from Household Solutions 2 with Kitchen Secrets).
• Candy cane air freshener recipe: In a spray bottle, combine five to 10 drops of peppermint essential oil with enough water to fill the bottle. Spray this holiday fragrance in every room of the house.  

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